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This isn't wrong, but it's really not totally right. You're acting like North Korea, Venezuela, etc. are all the instigators trying to "control time" and taking GMT as given.
Great Britain was the original ruler trying to assert "control of time itself" and these former colonies are changing times in relation to imperialism to symbolically resist it (as you said, the Japanese in the case of North Korea, the US in the case of Venezuela).
I don't know if failing to mention this was intentional or not, but it's coming across like the article is saying "these rulers are trying to be different and assert their control instead of just being normal like the rest of us on GMT" when "normal" has been imposed and re-imposed by actual imperialists, who were very "wicked" indeed.
“by defining which days are working days and national holidays. These have to be consistent within countries”
In Scotland, each major city defines its own local holidays. Edinburgh “Trades” summer holiday, different from “Glasgow Fair” and the Spring Mondays are different. This avoids the traditional English “twenty mile traffic jam on the Exeter bypass.”
Fiji, somewhat eccentrically, observes daylight saving time for the duration of the schools’ summer holiday period over Christmas and New Year. Apart from being misaligned with any nearby country the change is unrecognised by some software with the result that participants have been known to arrive one hour early, or late, for meetings scheduled online.
With the increase of commerce and travel, the one-hour time zone is quickly becoming an annoyance. My suggestion is a two-hour time zone, so US will be of two time zones of two hours apart --- like the map in netflix' s "the man in the high castle".
The time zone for India is NOT centered on New Delhi, the capital